Singer, Abraham

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SINGER, ABRAHAM (1849–1914), Hungarian rabbi and scholar. He served as rabbi at Varpalota and wrote studies on the history of Hungarian Jewry and his community in particular. Among his publications is a work on the development of the Reform movement in the 19th century, Paris, Braunschweig, Arad (1899), as well as Deutsch-ungarisches Handbuch der Matrikelfuehrung (1884). His son leo singer (d. 1944) also served as rabbi in Varpalota and wrote on Hungarian Jewish history.

He translated a number of Hebrew texts into Hungarian: Psalms (Zsoltárok, 19622); the Passover Haggadah (1929); parts of Baḥya ibn Paquda's Ḥovot ha-Levavot (1907); and S. Ganzfried's Kiẓẓur Shulḥan Arukh (3 vols., 1934–39; repr. 1962). He also wrote belletristic works, among them Asmodáj (1922), a drama, and Eszter királyné (1928, 1940). In 1944 he was murdered by the Nazis.


Magyar Zsidó Lexikon (1929), 790.